Christof Rösch is a curator of passion. He practices dialogue as a catalyst to embed the cultural centre as an experimental open house in the area.
Art educator and Trustee of the BINZ39 Foundation, 2003
FOCUS: Art and Architecture
NAIRS intends to save the most important cultural and historical monuments of the Engiadina Bassa region. NAIRS's own building - the historical bathhouse dating from 1913 - is to be restored shortly. Beginning in the summer of 2014 it will start to function all year round as a Contemporary Art Centre. On the occasion of the 100th birthday of the historical building, NAIRS organizes a JAZZ FESTIVAL featuring prominent jazz musicians: Fred Frith, Co Streiff, Dorothea Schürch, Gabriela Friedli among others.
The summer exhibition UNINHABITABLE OBJECTS | OBJECTS INABITABELS runs for the duration of the whole season. The exhibition has been curated in close cooperation with the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, where an exhibition under the same title, UNINHABITABLE OBJECTS, opens on the 31st of May. Both group exhibitions explore the general theme of social relevance. The exhibition in Chur is subtitled “Behausungen zwischen Imagination and Realität” (“Dwellings between Imagination and Reality”), while the Nairs exhibition has the subtitle “Zweckfreie Architektur und Nutzen der Kunst” (“ Purposeless Architecture and the Benefit of Art”). The two exhibitions focus on diverse aspects of their common theme. They explore the common features of art and architecture and the relationship between the two. The focus is just as much on the artists's perspective on architecture as it is on artistic practices from the point of view of architecture.
NAIRS - its „genius loci“ in relation to the Global Village project
The mineral springs in the area, and the long history of tourism that they gave rise to, has strongly influenced the architecture in Nairs. In addition, newer social developments of the Lower Engadin are also present. Tradition and the present, locals and foreigners, nature and culture all intersect in Nairs. This "genius loci" becomes the model for an interconnected and inspiring world. The conditions inspire artists from near and far, with many of them spending years studying the topics that Nairs has brought into their work. The vision of the NAIRS Foundation includes buying the former Kurhaus Hotel Scuol-Palace and creating an international artists' colony in a contemporary context. The project „NAIRS. A GLOBAL VILLAGE FOR THE ARTS“ invokes the times of the early artists' colonies of the 1920ies (Bauhaus Dresden etc.) and creates links with the contemporary art world. The main focus is on culture and globalisation, with the fate of cultural minorities being of particular interest.
We are looking forward to an exciting season of events and to greeting all artists and visitors!
NAIRS Cultural Program 2013 (German)
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Technical Director: Ralph Hauswirth
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Exhibitions: Thu - Sun, 3 - 6 pm
Summer season: 14. June until 01. September 2013